A Party with a Purpose

Free Event! October 9th - 11th at McKechnie Field

Free Admission

2015 Lineup Entertainment Lineup

Friday October 9 Saturday October 10 Sunday October 11
8:30pm Billy Rice 8:30pm John Michael Montgomery 6:30pm Joe
8:00pm Fireworks Show by Zambelli Fireworks 8:00pm Announce Winners of the Best Ribs and Sauce Competition 5:00pm Eric Darius
6:00pm Lauren Mitchell Band 6:30pm Mitch Clark Band 3:30pm NuJazz
5:00pm DJ 4:30pm Biscuit Miller 2:30 pm L.O.T.P Band Tampa
2:30pm Jah Movement Reggae Band 2:00 pm DemiNova
12:30pm Boss Hawg Band Noon DJ
11:00am DJ

**More acts to come**

*Artist and times subject to change without notice.

Friday October 9th - 2015

8:30 PM - Billy Rice.

Billy Rice The Billy Rice Band is a Florida-based event entertainment band that performs at corporate events, festivals, weddings, charity galas, and anywhere else there is a rockin party to be had. Specializing in classic rock, country, soul and pop music with a very current, modern edge.


8:00 PM - Fireworks Show by Zambelli Fireworks.

6:00 PM - Lauren Mitchell Band.

Lauren Mitchell Band Soul Singer Lauren Mitchell Follows her Musical Heart

“My first solo singing performance happened in church!” recalls Lauren Mitchell, a woman who, in only a few short years, has crafted a singular, unmistakable voice in the world of blues. “I'd been a member of the chorus for productions, but performing in my grandparent's church was the first time I stood on my own and opened my mouth to sing for an audience.”


5:00 PM - DJ.

Saturday October 10th - 2015

8:30 PM - John Michael Montgomery

John Michael Montgomery John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when “Life's A Dance” turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael's rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.


8:00 PM - Announce Winners of the Best Ribs and Sauce Competition

6:30 PM - Mitch Clark Band

Mitch Clark Band The Mitch Clark Band has spent the last decade rocking Southwest Florida with their high energy funky blues and rock & roll. Mitch's edgy guitar licks and smoky, soulful vocals, along with his star studded 7 piece horn band delivers an astonishing performance that always leaves you wanting more. A dynamic show that is a sure bet to entertain young and old alike!


4:30 PM - Biscuit Miller

Biscuit Miller Born and raised on the south side of Chicago by his Grandmother; he was given his childhood nickname, Biscuit, after always being in the kitchen and underfoot while she was trying to cook. Growing up at Grandma's house also gave Biscuit his love and appreciation for music, as gospel and soul were played in the home on a regular basis.


2:30 PM - Jah Movement Reggae Band

Jah Movement Reggae Band Jah Movement Reggae Band is “The Movement” bringing you the best top 40 Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, and Calypso DANCE MUSIC, by some of the best artists around the world. From the brains of former well-known Democracy Reggae Band Lead Singer, Damie Caines, he decided to branch out from his tradition and start a fresh new band with the very talented and well know Soul Diva, Shantel Norman. Jah Movement is NOT your ordinary reggae band. They perform hits from early 80s to now. All of their musicians have had the opportunity to play locally and nationally with many celebrities. They are guaranteed to make you feel good, that you would want to jump out of your seats and dance.


12:30 PM - Boss Hawg Band

Boss Hawg Band Made up of all local boys and Manatee county natives, (Jody Britt guitar /vocals, Josh Davis bass/ vocals, Danny Fox guitar/vocals and Casey Rupert drums) The Boss Hawg Band burst onto the local music scene in the summer of 2009, bringing to audiences their unique blend of screaming guitars, thunderous drums and down home country, hard rock, southern fried boogie sounds. Although they do not label themselves as a “southern rock” band, it's hard to deny their southern roots, “we are just a rock and roll band from the south…when you are born here, your daddy was born here, your granddaddy's granddaddy was born here, its just in your blood and it comes out in your music, we don't need any labels or categories for that”.


11:00 AM - DJ

Sunday October 11th - 2015

6:30 PM - Joe

Joe In retrospect of looking back over the past twenty years, R&B Superstar JOE Thomas crosses BRIDGES. The crooner's new Album clearly defines his new outlook on life's relationships and where they have taken him. Why “BRIDGES”?

“We build them, cross them, burn them, then soon realize how much we need them” - JOE

“Relationships are Bridges and at some point in life we must take full responsibility for where we have allowed those relationships to take us. Most important, what relationships or BRIDGES are we building, crossing into or burning?”


5:00 PM - Eric Darius

Eric Darius Every now and then an artist bursts onto the scene, changing the rules and challenging the status quo. Eric Darius is one of those artists fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries. He is one of the most exciting musicians to enter the Contemporary Jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy worldwide! Now, with six critically acclaimed albums under his belt, a Number One hit single, and Seven Top 10 radio hits on Nielsen's R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, international recording artist, Eric Darius, is on the verge of superstardom. Prophetically hailed Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News in 2004, Eric has shared the stage with innumerable world renown, Grammy Award-winning artists, such as Prince, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Babyface, Wynton Marsalis & George Benson, just to name a few. His music innovatively crosses over all music boundaries from Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, to Pop, creating a very distinctive, fresh sound and approach that is uniquely his own.


3:30 PM - NuJazz

NuJazz NuJazz is a contemporary/smooth jazz band based in the Sarasota/Bradenton area that is made up of Dr. Melvin Price on soprano, alto, and tenor sax, Eric Enfield on keys, Steve Rand on acoustic and electric guitars, Louis Robison on percussion, Ron Ross on bass and Cory Ross on drums.


2:30 PM - L.O.T.P Band Tampa

L.O.T.P Band Tampa The Life Of The Party Band is much more than a group of talented musicians & performers, it's a statement of complete MUSICAL FREEDOM! We pride ourselves on being a highly versatile unit of musicians able to adapt to any party crowd. With each show we captivate our audience through engaging live music & an encouragement to dance, chill, and enjoy life! We're a Rnb Party Band that plays everything including Top 40, Hip Hop, Blues, Motown, Funk, Reggae, Soul, & Neo Soul. We Look Forward to Jamming With You Soon!!

2:00 PM - DemiNova

DemiNova DemiNova, is a profound artist that is definitely blazing her own trail. Born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, her music has influences of her southern roots. She started out as a dancer, and by the age of 16, she had performed in Super Bowl Thirty-Four with Tina Turner and Travis Tritt. In college, she was also a member of the Sophisticated Ladies Majorette squad at Tennessee State University. DemiNova went on to choreograph for pageants, sororities, and performing artists. While in college, she wrote a play entitled, “Shackeled: The Psychological Slavery” which focuses on how slavery still affects the minds of many people today.


Noon - DJ


Please consider volunteering your time at the 9th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest. You will not only have fun volunteering at the event, but are able to stay before and after your shifts to enjoy the music and food. It will truly be a great weekend!
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“Greatest Ribs in America”, “Golden Ribs Award”, “Best Sauce in the Nation” and numerous “People’s Choice Awards” are just a few of the Titles and Awards, the attending Rib Masters share amongst them. Last year’s winners of the “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce” Awards will attend again and are ready to defend their titles.

Kids Fest

Families will find plenty to do and will enjoy Games, Rides, Prizes, Thrill Shows, and Live Entertainment in our Interactive Kid’s Fun Zone.


Don’t miss your opportunity to place your products and services in front of the THOUSANDS that will attend Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribs Music Fest. Sponsorship levels range from $500 up to $15,000 and we can even customize a sponsorship package that is perfect for your company!

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